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Costentin Cornomorus wrote:

>--- Joe <[log in to unmask]> scrievit an scraulit:
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>>But some dialects of English have
>>characteristics borrowed(or of common
>>descent) from Scots, so even a monoglot speaker
>>of Scottish English, or
>>maybe even Northern English, could understand
>>Scots fairly well.
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>Which is why I also specified "American", even
>though many Merkins are descended from Scots
>speakers. Problem here is "English" is so broad a
>term as to be practically useless.
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Indeed.  The distinction between languages and dialects is a false
dichotomy anyway, so it's rather pointless arguing.  Can we say that
Scots is at the far end of a dialect continuum of some kind?